Kerala Gharana, an organisation dedicated to the spread of Indian culture, set off with a colourful start in Kozhikode on Sunday with Bharatanatyam Guru V.P. Dhananjayan inaugurating the organisation and the Ronu Majumdar- Bombay Jayasree duo delivering the first performance under it banner.
In his inaugural address, Mr. Dhananjayan said art was what carried culture forward and vice versa. He criticised the neglect meted out to art and culture by the ruling class.
“The democratic administration has relegated art and culture as the last component in the Constitution. On the other hand, the rulers of yesteryears gave it a prominent position in the society.We no longer have leaders, only dealers,” he said.
Flute maestro Ronu Majumdar and Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayasree later delivered a classical Jugalbandi titled ‘wind song.’ They were accompanied on Tabla by Ajith Pathak and on Mrudangam by Sumesh S. Narayanan. They started off with a number in rag Hamsadhwani.
The Kerala Gharana seeks to address the void in promoting classical and folk arts in Kerala and outside and propose to facilitate exchange of art forms by bringing eminent artists in Hindustani Music and dance forms like Odissi, Kathak, Manipuri, Sattriya and folk dances like Chau to Kerala.
It also intends to promote art forms such as Carnatic music, Kathakali, Koodiyattom, Mohiniyattom, Kuchipudi and folk arts such as Ottamthullal and Theyyam outside Kerala.